1413 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 971-9644

Aug 2008 Master’s of English, Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
June 2001 Advanced Spanish Diploma (level 5 of 5)
C.E.E. Idiomas: Trinity College accredited school
Madrid, Spain
24 Nov 2000 TEFL Certification: Trinity College – The Language Institute
Pontevedra, Spain
5 Dec 1998 Bachelors of Arts: English – University of North Carolina
at Wilmington (creative writing)
5 Dec 1998 Bachelors of Arts: Spanish – University of North Carolina
at Wilmington
Fall 1996 Study Abroad: Universidad de Cantabria; Santander, Spain
(Spanish art, history, and architecture)


Oct ’08-           Iraq assignment (SD Magazine assignment)
June ’09           Anbar Province and Baghdad, Iraq

Oct ’06-           San Diego Magazine, San Diego, CA
Sept ’08           Web Editor

Feb ’05-          San Diego Magazine, San Diego, CA
Present           Lead investigative reporter

March ’03-    San Diego CityBeat (alternative weekly paper), San Diego, CA

Present           Freelance writer

Sep ’02-          San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

June ’06         Substitute teacher

April ’02-       Woodburn School District, Woodburn, OR
July ’02           Bilingual substitute teacher

Feb ’02-          Northwest Builder Magazine, Portland, OR
April ’02         Staff Writer

Jan ’02-          Frederick News-Post, Frederick, MD
Feb ’02            Short term fill-in, Sports Desk

Oct ’00-         Telephone Teaching, Madrid, Spain
Jan ’02          Teach English at various businesses in Madrid

May ’00-        Miami Herald, Miami, FL
Oct ’00           Freelance reporter

Nov ’98-          Key West Citizen, Key West, FL
May ’00          Sports and lifestyles staff writer, notable investigative
reports (freelance for Solares Hill newspaper and
contributing writer for the Big Pine Free Press)


Tom Blair, Editor, San Diego Magazine
San Diego, CA (619) 230-9292;
Sarah Gatling, former editor, Big Pine Free Press
Key West, FL (352) 684-9820
Shirleen Holt former Editor, Northwest Builder
Seattle, WA (206-718-3232)
Mandy Bolen City Desk, Key West Citizen
Key West, FL (305) 294-6641


• Three year (and counting) volunteer as a Big Brother with San Diego County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program (contact: Wanida Maertz,


• Spanish, fluent – read, write and speak


Best Of Show


(Northwest Builder Magazine, Miami Herald and Key West Citizen clips
Clips available upon request)


2003 – First place article, San Diego Press Club
Sports – The Boxer
First place article, San Diego Press Club
Political Writing – The Border
2004- First place article, San Diego Press Club
Investigative Reporting – Gangland San Diego
Second place article, San Diego Press Club
Series – Gangland San Diego
First Place article, San Diego Press Club
Political/Government – Who is Jorge Hank Rhon?
Third Place article – San Diego Press Club
Hard Feature / Magazine – A Smuggler’s Life
2005- Best of Show / Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
The Paper Chase
Honorable Mention / S.D. Press Club
A Church Divided
Honorable Mention / (SPJ)

Old School Poker

2006- Sol Price Prize for Responsible Journalism (awarded after being arrested in the interest of an ongoing story)

Best of Show (all categories) / (SPJ)
Down and Out in Balboa Park
First Place / investigative (SPJ)
Down and Out in Balboa Park
Honorable Mention / Politics (SPJ)
The Harder They Fall
2007- Writer of the Year—runner up; City and Regional
Magazine Association (CRMA)
– 2nd place – Investigation (SD Press Club)
– 2nd place – Profile (SD Press Club)
– Honorable Mention (SD Press Club)

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